Sunday, November 4, 2007

Location of New Aquarium Important

Before going out to buy that new fish tank, it is important to consider where it will be located.

When looking around your home for that perfect spot, consider the space you have available. Keep in mind that a tank gets heavy. Water itself is a lot of weight. Add in rocks, decorations, filters, and the fish, and you're talking about something you're not going to move very easily. Once that tank is situated, it won't be able to be moved very easily.

Another considereation is that you want to position the tank in a place where it is visible. Why spend money on an aquarium if you are barely ever going to see the thing? It would take a lot of the fun out of the hobby if it isn't convenient to observe your fish.

It is also good to consider your tank maintanence when choosing a tank and location. Will it be easy to access the filter when you want to clean it and change the filter cartridge? Is it in a location where you can do water changes with ease? The harder it is to do regular cleaning, the less motivated you'll be to maintain the aquarium.

Also keep in mind that you're dealing with water...and spills, splashes, and accidents will happen. Therefore, you won't want to keep the tank near any expensive furniture or electronics. Or at least figure out a way you can cover those items before setting up the tank. With the splashes, keep in mind that you probably won't want any expensive artwork or collectibles hanging on the wall over the tank. You may not see the water splash, but you'd be surprised a few months later to find water marks on your artwork.

Just some tips to help if you're acquiring a new tank. Enjoy the hobby!


Therese said...

I haven't had one for a few years, but did keep fish for probably 15 years. These are great tips!

jan said...

I know nothing about fish but my kids brought home one they won at a school carnival. Oh, joy.

Before I could write to you for advice, let's just say that the fish is now in that golden river in the sky.

How about a post sometime on how to keep one fish alive.

Gazard said...

Great tips. I would say that the second point is the most important as the joy of keeping an aquarium is to observe your fishes, so make sure it is placed at height that can be viewed comfortably when you are sitting.

Karen said...

Great information. I know positioning is important. My aquarium is near a window, and I am forever scraping the algae off the glass. My algae eaters can't seem to keep up with it.

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